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NHL: Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

5:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

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Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats

Well last night wasn’t fun. I don’t want to say I warned you, but the Wings seemed to take the advice from yesterday’s preview posts and then do the exact opposite of those things. Despite the score, it looked like an unfortunately-typical game against the Bruins. But it’s a new day, a new opponent, a new two points up for grabs. Let’s get ‘em.

Quick turnaround for the Wings as we’ve got an early start to the game tonight. Fortunately, the Panthers also played yesterday, so they’re basically coming into Detroit just as game-tired but also with having traveled overnight. Like the Bruins, Florida is coming in on a three-game losing streak. They’ll be hoping to cat-scratch some points out of their current road trip.

The biggest story out of the Panthers roster so far this season is the unexpected emergence of Jonathan Marchessault, who’s on a cheap deal and tied for third in the league in points. He’s got five goals and five assists already, so the Wings would do well to not add to his newfound legacy.

Reilly “Brother of Brendan” Smith hasn’t been so hot this year, and nor has the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, who I swear has been getting more attention for simply being old rather than anything in particular he’s done. They’ve got only two goals between them in eight games, so now that I’ve gone and said all that, expect them to score all the goals for the Panthers tonight.

Roberto Luongo was in goal last night for Florida, so expect to see former much-maligned Maple Leaf James Reimer in net tonight. He’s only played in two games so far this season, a loss in regulation and then in the shootout, with three goals against in each contest. I actually really like Reimer and feel bad for all the Toronto garbage he had to deal with, but tonight I want to see pucks upon pucks behind him.

Petr Mrazek will draw in for the Wings tonight after another stellar goaltending performance by Jimmy Howard last night. Let’s hope Detroit found and disposed of the imposters that were on the ice against Boston, because it was pretty obvious they were lizard people or something.

No other changes expected with the back-to-back tonight.

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Dylan Larkin Frans Nielsen Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Riley Sheahan
Andreas Athanasiou Darren Helm Justin Abdelkader
Steve Ott Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Brendan Smith Ryan Sproul
Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Xavier Ouellet

Injuries: Thomas Vanek (mid-lower body injury, day-to-day), Tomas Jurco (back), Niklas Kronwall (knee), Johan Franzen (post-concussion syndrome), Joe Vitale (post-concussion syndrome)

Panthers Expected Lineups

Forwards

Jonathan Marchessault Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Colton Sceviour Vincent Trocheck Reilly Smith
Jared McCann Denis Malgin Shane Harper
Derek MacKenzie Greg McKegg Shawn Thornton


Defensemen

Keith Yandle Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson Jason Demers
Mark Pysyk Alex Petrovic


Goaltenders

James Reimer (starting)
Roberto Luongo

PANTHERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
3-4-1 (7 pts; 6th in Atlantic) Record 6-3-0 (12 pts; 2nd in Atlantic)
2.50 (21st in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.78 (13th in NHL)
2.50 (10th) Goals Against Per Game 2.11 (3rd)
13.8% (24th) Power Play % 16.7% (18th)
78.9% (17th) Penalty Kill % 82.3% (14th)
Jonathan Marchessault (5 goals) Goals Leader Darren Helm, Thomas Vanek (4 goals)
Jonathan Marchessault (10 points) Points Leader Gustav Nyquist, Thomas Vanek (8 points)

Let’s Go Red Wings!!

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